An Extra-Illustrated CopyHorace Walpole. Horace Walpole and His World. Select Passages from His Letters. Edited by L. B. Seeley. With Eight Illustrations after Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Thomas Lawrence. London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1884.
Large paper copy. Octavo (8.4375 x 6.25 inches; 215 x 160 mm.). Eight photogravure plates. Finely extra-illustrated with ninety-one engraved portraits and views, most inlaid to size. The extra illustrations are generally bound in opposite the text they illustrate.
Bound by Alfred Matthews (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in full dark blue crushed levant morocco. Covers with gilt triple fillet border enclosing gilt floral corner ornaments, spine elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins elaborately tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal rubbing to corners and spine extremities. Some occasional very slight offsetting from the additional engravings. Bookseller's description tipped to front flyleaf. A fine copy.
The extra illustrations include portraits of Walpole, Arthur Onslow, Robert, Earl of Orford, Mrs. Damer, the Duke of Richmond, the Earl of Chesterfield, Mrs. Woffington, George III, Catherine Hyde, "Mademoiselle de Beaumont, or the Chevalier D'Eon," the Duchess of Kingston, the Duchess of Richmond, the Duchess of Bedford, Thomas Hearne (with his clipped signature, dated "Aug. 10. 1707"), Lord Cobham, Lord North (from the London Magazine, October 1779), Paul Jones (by Longacre), Lady Berkeley, Admiral Kempenfelt, Mrs. Siddons, William Pitt, Mrs. Fitzherbert ("Engraved for the Carlton House Magazine"), Lord Anson, and a colored view of "Caen Wood, The Seat of Earl Mansfield" (from "No. 30 of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c. Pub. June 1, 1825"). With an Autograph Manuscript index to the extra illustrations mounted on the recto of the frontispiece.
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